After your computer mouse, your keyboard is the second dirtiest item in your office. Eating at your desk leaves crumbs and other food residue all over the work station, particularly on mice and keyboards, making them ideal places for bacteria and other microorganisms to survive and multiply.

Simple Solution

After you've unplugged your keyboard, turn it over to shake out any food crumbs. Then use a can of compressed air to blow out any leftover dust or debris. Finally, use a Qtip or paper towel soaked in rubbing alcohol to scrub away the dirt on & around each key. Be sure to use isopropyl and NOT ethyl, as the harsher ethyl alcohol can take the lettering off of the keys. Anything about 60% alcohol or more is fine; higher concentrations don’t really help kill more germs, but it also won’t hurt. For really grimy spots, try using a pencil eraser. You might be surprised at how well the rubber will peel off dirt.


Best Solution

The best solution to keeping your keyboard clean is to purchase one with built-in antimicrobial product protection which can provide further protection against the growth of microbes. The technology is added to the keyboard during the manufacturing process. This protective technology works continuously to create an inhospitable environment, helping prevent the growth of harmful microbes. Antimicrobial technology is durable, effective and since it is built in during manufacturing, it will not wash off or wear away.

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